|A British police officer (C) is accompanied by his Thai counterparts as they inspect the murder scene where two British tourists were murdered at Sairee beach, Koh Tao island, Thailand, October 25, 2014. The British police team including Scotland Yard officers visited Koh Tao island resort to observe an investigation by the Thai police. Photo: EPA|
UK-based rights group Reprieve has expressed alarm after it emerged that British police might have breached legal guidelines by providing evidence to Thai authorities which could potentially help them execute Myanmar suspects accused of murdering two British backpackers, reports the Guardian on March 1.
|The two Myanmar migrant workers Ko Win Zaw Htun (L) and Ko Zaw Lin Oo (L-2), suspects in the killing of two British tourists, are escorted by police officers as they leave Koh Samui Provincial Court in Surat Thani province, southern Thailand, October 14, 2014. Photo: Sitthipong Charoenjai/EPA|
As the Myanmar embassy’s legal team seeks to get bail for the Koh Tao murder suspects, a question has been raised over financial support pledged to help the defence.
|The Myanmar migrant workers who are accused of the killing of two British tourists, Wai Phyo (L) and Zaw Lin Oo (R), sit behind the bars of a prison vehicle as they arrive for trial at court on Samui island, Surat Thani province, Thailand, December 8, 2014. Photo: Sitthipong Charoenjai/EPA|
The crowdfunding effort for the Koh Tao Myanmar murder suspects has fallen foul of a “sudden change of terms and conditions” on the crowdfunding site that now prohibits criminal defense fundraising, according to migrant worker activist Mr Andy Hall, reporting on Facebook on February 18.
|The Myanmar accused Ko Wai Phyo (L) and Ko Zaw Lin Oo (R) sit behind the bars of a prison vehicle as they arrive for trial at Samui Court, Surat Thani province, Thailand, December 8, 2014. Photo: Sitthipong Charoenjai/EPA|
A UK court’s inquest into the death of British tourist Ms Hannah Witheridge on Thailand’s Koh Tao in September 2014 has been adjourned awaiting Thai police papers, according to local UK media reports.
|Myanmar accused's defence team and supporters outside the Samui Court, Thailand, December 26, 2014 . Photo: Andy Hall/Facebook|
The two Myanmar men accused of murdering two British tourists on Thailand’s Koh Tao island will have more time to prepare their defence but it will mean a further seven months in jail.